February 25, 2016 at 3:34PM


Do you think sites like Zooppa/Poptent etc are worth the time?

Hey all,
I just entered my first contest and put a whole lot of time and effort into my entry. I want to be making work for bigger brands, but have not had the opportunity (I've been more focused on narrative & music video work instead of commercials). So it seemed like a good way to practice and connect with big brands. On the flip side, without any budget my project came out decent but not amazing..cause I did it all myself in a quick turnaround. There seems to be a lot of people who are making top notch work out of pocket, and it looks like they sweep the awards. I can't tell if this is worth my time and something I should keep doing or not.

Mainly- I am wondering what other people think about these platforms? What has your experience been? Has it lead to more paid work? Have you won award money? Is it worth the time and resources it takes to make a winning entry?

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Its a good tactic. The idea is always to create. You will find at any level that there are people who sweep through awards and such, it may not be the film on its own, it could be political or just personal to the judges themselves. Just keep creating things that resonate to you and maybe you'll win a contest or fest.

Id recommend you dont limit yourself to these sites. With sites like nobudge,filmindependent and fandor you have places that curate work, have a base thats genuinely interested in watching unique content. Subscribe to the onlinevideocontests channel on youtube as well so you can keep up with ones that might interest you. Keep creating no matter what.

February 29, 2016 at 6:29AM

Chris Hackett
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